Music therapy and brain injuries

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. We can offer people with brain injury or neurological trauma support through the specialist use of music as part of their rehabilitation.

How can Nordoff Robbins music therapy help?

Experiencing a sudden or unexpected neurological injury or trauma can be devastating and life-altering, and bring with it many physical and emotional challenges. Nordoff Robbins music therapy can support people on a journey of adjustment and rehabilitation. Our therapists often work alongside a broader team of professionals, and support physical, psychological and emotional progress through music therapy.

Our music-centred approach means our therapists sensitively work with, and respond to what a person can do, whatever the effects of the trauma – by listening to their movement, breathing and vocal sounds, even if speech has been hindered or lost. We recognise the importance of focusing on the creativity which people are capable of, keeping them motivated and engaged through music. Our therapists help with cognitive and physical rehabilitation and the re-learning of key skills, while providing the space and opportunity for communication
and expression.

Music therapy for people living with brain injuries

How is Nordoff Robbins music therapy delivered? 

All our music therapists have successfully graduated from an accredited UK postgraduate training course. Our Master of Music Therapy programme is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, and our therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. We tailor our music therapy services to focus on the individual needs of the people we support, and the organisations we work with.

Through our tailor-made approach, our therapists ensure that music therapy meets the needs of the people, organisations, and wider network of professionals we work with to help ensure the best possible outcomes for people going through rehabilitation. Nordoff Robbins music therapy can take the form of group or individual sessions which are structured around the needs of the individual or the group of people. Using a range of instruments, including the voice, our highly skilled therapists will engage them in an improvised, shared music making experience. Our therapists aim to enhance the whole musical life of an organisation, often planning inclusive musical events and groups to enrich the wellbeing of everyone around them.

Music therapy was the most important factor which helped me recover my cognitive powers and short term memory.

– Beneficiary with brain injury

How to refer someone for music therapy

Our mission is to provide music therapy to anyone whose quality of life could be improved by it.

If you think that you, a family member or someone you care for could benefit from music therapy, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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If you would like to know more about music therapy and our services, including how we work with people living with brain injuries or neurological conditions, please sign up here

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